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The Enchiridion of Epictetus is a handbook of Stoic ethics, compiled in 135AD by Epictetus's student, Arrian. The values espoused in the Enchiridion are the essence of Stoicism, written as a list of 52 short maxims. These maxims outline the virtues by which Stoic philosophers should live by, and can be summed up as thus: "What upsets people is not things themselves but their judgments about the things." In the Enchiridion, Epictetus advises that one takes full responsibility of one's...
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The Battle of Thermopylae was the initial engagement between the Persian Empire and the confederation of Greek city-states led by Sparta during the Second Persian Invasion of Greece in 480 BC. The vast Persian army first encounters significant Greek resistance at the narrow pass of Thermopylae (the Hot Gates), where he found an advance force of approximately 4,000 troops from various Greek city-states. Unable to break through the Greek line, Persian King-of-Kings Xerxes was confounded until a...
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